Roll Call reported today that Senator Larry E. Craig (R Idaho) was arrested in June by plainclothes police officers investigating complaints of lewd conduct in a mens restroom at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. Craig pleaded guilty to a disorderly conduct charge earlier this month and was fined more than $500, received a 10 day suspended sentence, and placed on probation for a year. Craig now says pleading guilty was a mistake. The incident was a misunderstanding on the part of the police and he made the plea without legal counsel.
This is a very good example of how background information on a candidate can be found anywhere. Senator Craig lived a Idaho and worked in Washington, DC. This case was found in court records between those places. Opposition researchers need to identify travel locations and check those jurisdictions for court records. If it becomes known that a candidate routinely vacations in a particular location, records in that area need to be checked. In the case of Senator Craig if opposition researchers wanted to know what possible locations to check for records they need only search airfares for flights from National Airport to Boise Idaho to learn that there are no direct flights. Flights taking the shortest amount of time routinely connect through Chicago, Denver and Minneapolis-St. Paul with the majority of those flights stopping over in Minneapolis. All three of these locations would need to be checked for court records. As this case has shown us, it takes very little time for someone to get in trouble while waiting for a connecting flight.